Bronx Cookspace Creates Opportunities For Food Entrepreneurs


Starting a food business is risky. At the outset, costs are high and there’s no guarantee that a new venture will turn a profit in its first years. One space in the Bronx is trying to change the odds of success. It’s called Bronx Cookspace and it’s been helping young food entrepreneurs get established through an incubator program. This year is its 25th anniversary. Makana Eyre has the story.

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Battle Over the Bedford Union Armory Continues in Crown Heights


The Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights is a 500,000 square foot site that has been vacant for years. In 2015, private developers won a city contract to overhaul it. Since then, some in the Crown Heights community have fiercely opposed the project, right up until the moment the city council gave it final approval. And their fight still isn’t over. Amara Omeokwe reports.

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New Tax Bill May Leave People with Disabilities Without Healthcare


Congressional lawmakers continue to meet about the Republican tax bill this week. A key concern is the end of the individual care mandate, which critics say will leave millions of Americans without healthcare coverage. That particularly worries people with disabilities, who say it could cut them off from essential long-term care. Sarah Wyman spoke with advocates hoping to change the bill.

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HIV Diagnoses Drop in NYC, but Patients Still Deal with Stigmas


The number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City dropped last year by nearly nine percent compared to the year before, according to a new report from the Health Department. But some New Yorkers contracted the virus many years ago. They have been living with HIV for most of their lives, and they’re dealing with the stigmas of both growing old and being infected. Bhrikuti Rai has the story.

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Columbia’s Earl Hall Nominated as LGBT Historic Place


The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project retraces the steps of the city’s gay influencers, literally. The project is part geographic archive, part campaign to nominate sites to the National Register of Historic Places. The honorary federal list includes more than 90,000 sites. Yet LGBT representation is largely missing. Their next nomination has roots at Columbia University. Heather Schroering reports.

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